POMPEY’S squad dismissed Andy Awford’s return as ‘just another game’.
The Blues welcome back the hall of famer today as Awford takes charge of Luton for their visit to Fratton Park
For us it’s just another game.Michael Doyle
Awford was named caretaker boss of the Hatters following John Still’s dismissal earlier this month.
That’s after he moved to Kenilworth Road following his dismissal as Pompey boss in April.
Awford was named Academy boss, but has stepped into the hotseat and is now being touted for the job permanently.
It’s sure to be a surreal experience for the 43-year-old as he takes his place in the away dugout.
But Pompey’s current crop of players feel the issue is of little significance to them.
Skipper Michael Doyle doesn’t see it as factor in the clash which is set to draw a bumper crowd.
Doyle said: ‘We just want to take care of business.
‘It adds spice for the fans but, for us, that’s not really the case.
‘There is probably only one or two people still involved from Andy’s time here at the club.
‘It’s a new team but it’s probably more for the fans. For us it’s just another game.
‘There’s going to be a sellout crowd and we want to take care of business. That’s what matters.’
Adam Barton echoed Doyle’s sentiment.
He feels the player’s focus lies firmly with putting right Boxing Day’s defeat to Leyton Orient.
Barton said: ‘There’s spice for the fans.
‘But there’s a lot of new people here, so it’s not likely to have too much of an effect on them.
‘It’s just another game for us. It was frustrating after Orient, so it’s more a chance to put that right in our eyes.’
– JORDAN CROSS